Merimbula Jazz Festival: Light up the sky with new parade

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HELPING HANDS: Concentration is needed as each lantern gets an LED at Pambula Village Preschool.

HELPING HANDS: Concentration is needed as each lantern gets an LED at Pambula Village Preschool.

The brand new Merimbula Lakeside Lantern Walk will take place as part of the Merimbula Jazz Festival on this Saturday, June 8.

The walk will be a part of other additions to the festival which will see Market Street closed between Beach Street and Hylands Corner from noon until 7pm on Saturday afternoon, following the jazz festival parade.

The space will enable buskers to play, food stalls to be set up and following the lantern walk, entertainment including a dazzling display from the Brothers OnFire.

Vera David is the organiser behind the lantern walk which will take place from Spencer Park to Twyford Hall.

"I used to go to the yearly Belgrave Lantern Parade in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria," Ms David said.

"This was a much anticipated event; it brought the community together and brought excitement to everyone.

"I was so inspired by this that I decided to start something similar when I moved here."

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A number of schools have already given their support and have held lantern-making lessons including Merimbula Public School, Little Nippers Early Learning and Child Care, Merimbula Tura Kindergarten, Pambula Public School, Pambula Village Preschool and Shorebreakers Kindergarten.

"It is a family-friendly event where kids, parents and grandparents, individuals and community groups carry a lantern and walk beside the picturesque Merimbula Lake. Lanterns can be of any size or shape," Ms David said.

She has suggested using LED lights for lanterns.

"Come and be part of this inaugural event and transform a winter's night into a spectacle of light and music," Ms David said.

"This is a free event with the only expense being the nominal cost of creating a lantern."

Merimbula Water Dragons will have a decorated boat on the water during the lantern walk and there will be free street entertainment from 6-7pm after the walk.

Individuals and groups wishing to take part are asked to assemble at 5pm at Spencer Park, Merimbula.

The walk will then begin at 5.30pm and make its way into Beach Street, ending near Twyford Hall.

CREATIVE: Lantern makers Darcy Llewellyn and Vera David show some examples. They are encouraging groups and families to be involved in the walk.

CREATIVE: Lantern makers Darcy Llewellyn and Vera David show some examples. They are encouraging groups and families to be involved in the walk.

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